Charleroi by Eurostar
Charleroi is the largest city of Wallonia and has a population of over two hundred thousand people. It is located in Belgium and is the fourth largest city of that country. Charleroi is situated on the shores of the River Sambre and is about thirty miles south of Brussels. Metallurgical activities have long been a source of trade for this city dating back to the Prehistoric period.
At one time, this city had only fifty inhabitants. The city proper was formed in 1666 when Charles II took the land from the locals to build a fortress near the river. Unfortunately before the fort could be finished, it was placed under siege by Louis XIV. The famed Vauban completed the fortifications over the next few years. Not long after this the city was attacked by the Dutch and given back to the Spanish and then taken by the French in 1693. The city continued to change hands and was returned to Spain once again. The city continued to change hands over the next few years and was occupied by the Austrians.
After Napoleon lost the battle of Waterloo, the city became the property of the Netherlands and new fortifications were constructed. In 1830, this city finally gained its independence and began to produce metallurgy, glass, and coal. The area became known as the black country because of its rich supply of coal. The city grew rapidly during this time. After the industrial revolution took place in the 1860s, strikers were killed by the army. This led to many miners being killed in the turmoil.
The socialist party has a strong hold on the politics of the area. The city has seen much fraud related to its public officials until a new form of government was formed. Unfortunately, this city was known for its high crime rates and people were strongly cautioned not to show their personal wealth or else be robbed during the slowdown in the economy. Today, the city has many champion sports teams in basketball, table tennis, and football.
Travel to Charleroi By Eurostar
Travel to this historic city can be done by using the Eurostar London to Brussels train. The trip is very convenient and stress free. Eurostar's train is a special train that provides high-speed travel to allow the people of London to connect to Paris, Brussels, Lille and many other great destinations in Europe. While this trip, using Eurostar, may cost a little more than the cheaper flights and ferries, the punctuality, high-speed access, and on board facilities make this the choice that everyone should make when travelling to Europe. You can visit Charleroi by using Eurostar that has partnered with several other train companies in the United Kingdom.
To begin your journey, you can board the London Brussels Train from London's St. Pancras International Station to Brussels Midi Train Station and then you can take a local train to Charleroi for no additional charge as long as you travel within twenty-four hours with your original ticket from Eurostar. The journey for Eurostar train to Charleroi from London is around three hours.
Eurostar Prices for Eurostar London Charleroi Train
Travelling to Charleroi is easy and can be done for about £106.00 depending on the number of stops and the date you choose to travel on.
Attractions in Charleroi
There are many different types of attractions to enjoy in this city ranging from the neo-classical architecture to the many fine museums.
St. Christophe's Church was constructed in 1957 by Venetian masters and has a stunning mosaic dome created by Jean Ransy. It lies just across from the Town Hall. The original church was built in the late seventh century.
Jules Destree Statue can be found in a square and it honours Jules Destree, famous politician who played an important role in Charleroi history. Be sure to visit the museum dedicated to him as well.
Charles II Place consists of jumping fountains, the great cathedral, and the town hall decorated in deco art. This building is located in the heart of the city and is the spot where the Sunday market happens each week.
Chateau d'Hanzinelle is housed in an eighteenth century chateau that showcases French gardens and is framed by a lake and rocky hill. It has a stunning view that has to be seen to be truly appreciated.
The Palace of Fine Arts is a beautiful concert and theatre hall located on the Place du Manege. It is surrounded by many fine restaurants and pubs.
The Town Hall is one of the most important buildings in town and contains the Museum of Fine Arts. This building is an excellent example of the neo-classicist style and has beautiful art deco decorations throughout its interior. It is a must see for anyone who enjoys neo-classical architecture.
Museum of Photography is located in another example of the neo-classical architecture. This nunnery was converted to hold over sixty thousand images and more than twenty-five hundred cameras that captured the images. The museum exhibits contain a pictorial history of the region from artists who used modernist, surrealists, and other methods to capture the essence of the city as it has grown.
Nightlife in Charleroi
Nightlife in Charleroi is cantered around good music and great drinking. Relax and unwind after a long day at one of the many popular nightclubs the city has to offer.
Popular Nightclubs in Charleroi
- The Irish Times
- La Petite Scene
- El Gringo
- Bleus Bar
- La Cour des Miracles
- La Cuve a Biere
- La Nova
Hotels in Charleroi
This city has a wide range of hotels available for the economy traveller, the business traveller, and those who enjoy a little luxury on their stay. With prices beginning as low as £20 and going as high as £72 a night, everyone can find a great place to relax after a long day of sightseeing that will fit your budget.
Popular Hotels in Charleroi
- Leonardo Hotel Charleroi City
- Best Western Leonardo
- Hotel Ibis Charleroi Gare
- Charleroi Apartotel des Jardins de la Fontaine Qui Bout
- Van Der Valk Hotel
- Balladins Superior Hotel
- Etap Hotel Charleroi Airport